Electrical Connections H7 LED install


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Electrical Connections H7 LED install

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Has anyone installed a pair of Electrical Connections H7 LED bulbs in the low beam position of their 1st gen 1800 (01-04) and where did you mount the driver box and how hard was it.
Also what is the result of the install compared to say PIA halogen bulbs or regular halogens


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I see you are asking about 01-04. Give you my 2 cents anyway. ;) EC LED's 2-3 years ago on my 06 and they have been flawless. The drivers are held in place with good old fashion zip ties.
My headlight progression has been stock headlamps to High Intensity Discharge (just for the uppers) very bulky and fiddly to install but WOW what light. Down side was you cant flick them off and on
rapidly puts too much strain to HID system.
Been an EC customer for years and liked what I saw about their LED's on their website.
So after many many trouble free years with the HID system it went bye bye.
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oldwing1100 wrote: Sat Sep 03, 2022 8:43 pm Has anyone installed a pair of Electrical Connections H7 LED bulbs in the low beam position of their 1st gen 1800 (01-04) and where did you mount the driver box and how hard was it.
Also what is the result of the install compared to say PIA halogen bulbs or regular halogens
I installed them in the low beams of my 04 last summer and they are great! I mounted the little driver boxes on the ledge on each side of the fairing from the bottom. It’s like a little shelf and was just right for the boxes to sit on it and be out of the way of the forks moving left and right. The bulbs are probably the best you can get for their brightness, and matching the beam of the H7s. The cutoff is exactly like the Halogens so you don’t blind people, especially the car in front of you. I haven’t put them in the high beams yet due to their cost and my limited budget. I recommend these to everyone looking for an H7 replacement LED. It is tight in there, I reached down through the tunnel on each side and installed them one handed and then worked from below to get the boxes mounted and the wire harness plugs connected. It’s not bad if you have a good magnetic light to stick to the forks and light up the whole area. Make sure and clean the little shelf areas really good and then wipe them down with alcohol before sticking the drivers in place.
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Well I tried to order EC H7s but they are out of stock and because I need them before the snow flies I ended up ordering a set of SoCals through their Canadian outlet AdMore Lighting. (better price and saved big bucks on shipping too)
I imagine the install will be very similar to the ECs
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I pretty much did what Techdude did and I also put zip ties on each tied to existing cables, etc. to secure them a bit better. I've got 15K miles since installing and have no problems.
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Well I have installed the Pathfinder LED bulbs into my 2004 wing and have to report I am satisfied with their performance.
They have higher k number than the Piaa XTreme White Plus bulbs I had in before and that shows most at the sides of light projection (road signs and ditches) as for distance straight ahead I can't say I see a measurable improvement. Although I didn't think there would be any because of using the same stock headlight housings.
The big revelation came with the install of the LED H7 bulbs. Honda uses a H7 to H4 adapter that is critical in locating the bulb in the housing, the LED bulb had a heat sink that needs to be installed on the back of the bulb thus not allowing the use of the original equipment adapter. Pathfinder solves this with the use of a common oil seal of the required dimensions. This is why you need a kit specifically for the Goldwing application or source you own spacer of the required dimensions.
I am looking forward to NOT having to replace the halogen bulbs yearly.
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Do you have a link for the under the cowl lights and bracket?
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oldwing1100 wrote: Sat Sep 03, 2022 8:43 pm Has anyone installed a pair of Electrical Connections H7 LED bulbs in the low beam position of their 1st gen 1800 (01-04) and where did you mount the driver box and how hard was it.
Also what is the result of the install compared to say PIA halogen bulbs or regular halogens
Here is my two cents. I have the high and low beams installed. The low beam LED modals are tucked away underneath the cowl nose with automotive double sided tape. Be sure to clean the area well. The beams are super bright at night. I have had them for 3 years with no issue. I cannot compare them with the PIA, but the halogens are no match (worlds of a difference).
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Re: Electrical Connections H7 LED install

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Rivco under cowl driving lights kit for the GL1800 -
They stopped making them now I think - not on their website -
I used the bracket - maybe they have one left over without the lights - ? Might be worth calling them ..
BUT - here is one on eBay --
https://www.ebay.com/itm/313931165746

Then I installed these 2" light from Superbright LEDs
https://www.superbrightleds.com/led-lig ... 900-lumens

I used these because I could get them at that time in 2 beam angles - wide & narrow (10degree and 30degree)
I also used them on the under the mirror light brackets so them matched -

I still have the RIVCO round lights and installation wiring - I bought the kit and used the bracket ;)
They could be had from me for a slight price ... ;)


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